Buffalo Exchange and Bug's Bikes Charity

A Little Goes a Long Way: Buffalo Exchange Boston and Bug’s Bikes

By Savannah Timpani, Buffalo Exchange HQ

If you’ve ever shopped in one of our stores, you’re probably familiar with our Tokens for Bags program – you know, the one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside because you have the chance to donate to a local charity every time you shop. If you’re not familiar, here’s the way it works: instead of supplying plastic bags that cost about a nickel apiece, we offer shoppers a token worth 5 cents to put towards a good cause. Every six months, we give three new charities the chance to participate. Recently, Buffalo Exchange Boston in Somerville teamed up with Bug’s Bikes to help children with special needs. Read on to find out why we’re proud to be supporting this awesome non-profit!

How did it all begin?

The idea for Bug’s Bikes came from 5-year-old ‘Bug’, a visually impaired kid with High-Functioning Autism who really loves to ride his bicycle! After finishing his second day of Adaptive Bike Camp, which helps children of all ability levels to ride, he decided that all kids should have the chance to ride their bike home every day. Unfortunately, with price tags for basic adaptive trikes running from $600 to $1,000 on average, many families can’t afford them. Every bike is a little different depending on the kid. Bug’s bike, for example, has three wheels, a seat belt and a seatback.

Buffalo Exchange and Bug's Bikes

“Bikes Like Me for Kids Like Me”

Determined to help his friend Sienna get a bike, Bug set up a lemonade stand with the help of his parents. Who would have figured that they’d raise over $2,000 in just three days? On October 2, 2013, Bug’s Bikes gave their first bicycle to 5-year-old Sienna. Since then, Bug’s Bikes has run an annual lemonade stand, along with other fundraising efforts, to support Bug’s vision of “Bikes like mine for kids like me!” The adaptive bikes that Bug raises money for often give families their first chance to ride bikes together and are great therapeutic tools for helping kids with special needs to build strength. Eventually, Bug’s Bikes hopes to expand the program and give out several bikes a month!

Buffalo Exchange and Bug's Bikes Lemonade Stand

To find out more about Bug’s Bikes and volunteer with them, visit BugsBikes.org. Or, if you’re in the Boston area, stop by Buffalo Exchange Boston Somerville to donate a token and help Bug keep the wheels turning!


Austin Nonprofits

Spotlight on Austin Nonprofits: TreeFolks

By Amelia Gotobed, Buffalo Exchange HQ

We all know that money doesn’t grow on trees. Instead, it takes an outpouring of community support to run Texas non-profit TreeFolks. Trees are essential to our environment, cleaning our air and water and providing habitat for wildlife. That’s why TreeFolks works so hard to plant trees in Texas. And that’s why Buffalo Exchange Austin is proud to sponsor TreeFolks as one of the three Austin nonprofits in our Tokens for Bags® program.

What is TreeFolks?

Austin Nonprofit TreeFolks

Established in 1989, TreeFolks has planted 1 million trees in the urban Austin area, cultivating better air quality and shelter from the hot Texas sun. TreeFolks engages thousands of volunteers to help plant trees in community areas like parks, preserves and schoolyards. TreeFolks also helps with reforestation efforts in the wake of natural disasters. This is one of the only Austin nonprofits that promotes comprehensive urban forestry.

Tree Teachings: Why TreeFolks is One of the Top Austin Nonprofits

TreeFolks also provides comprehensive, research-based tree education. These educational opportunities, which use the urban forest as a classroom, are available to the public all year round, free of charge. TreeFolks’ educational programs serve the diverse population of Central Texas, allowing them to connect with and learn about the trees that are to vital to our lives. From Tree Adventures, which involves bike rides and tree climbs, to Sapling Days, during which thousands of baby trees are planted, this Austin nonprofit’s programs include something for everyone.

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Buffalo Exchange Charity Animal Haven NYC

Cuddle Up with Brooklyn’s Tokens for Bags® Beneficiary, Animal Haven NYC

By Danielle Hargett, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Our Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn stores (Boerum Hill and Williamsburg) not only offer a variety of designer and vintage recycled clothing, they also give customers the chance take part in our Tokens for Bags® program every time they shop. Instead of receiving a plastic bag with each purchase, customers receive a 5 cent token to donate one of 3 rotating local nonprofits. This year, our Brooklyn locations have selected Animal Haven NYC as one of their program beneficiaries.

Big Cuddles in the Big Apple

The hustle and bustle of living in NYC can wear you down over time. Luckily, with a mission to find homes for abandoned cats and dogs, Animal Haven NYC gives city dwellers the opportunity to find comfort through cuddles with a new furry best friend! What better way to end a busy day than by snuggling a rescued fur baby?

Buffalo Exchange Animal Haven NYC Puppy

Animal Haven NYC: Safe Haven until Forever Home

Animal Haven NYC opened its doors in 1967 and has been finding homes for homeless cats and dogs ever since. As a no-kill animal shelter, the nonprofit firmly believes in caring for their animals until they can find them the purrfect forever home. In some cases, they even provide animal behavior intervention to increase chances of adoption.

Buffalo Exchange Animal Haven  NYC Dog

More Than Just An Animal Shelter

In addition to finding homes for cats and dogs, Animal Haven NYC actively educates children about animal welfare, raises awareness about the human-animal bond and serves as a resource for pet owners in need of assistance. Through its Caring Kids program, the nonprofit teaches children about existing issues with animal welfare and ultimately encourages them to become animal advocates in their community.

Animal Haven NYC also has programs like Helping Pets and People in Crisis and the Pet Assistance and Resource Center. These provide emergency planning assistance and help people hold onto their pets  when unexpected circumstances arise.

Buffalo Exchange Animal Haven NYC Kittens

Interested in finally taking home the pet you’ve always longed for?  Learn more about Animal Haven NYC’s adoption process and view photos of animals that are currently in need of homes. Not able to support a pet just yet? Come by Buffalo Exchange Boerum Hill or Buffalo Exchange Williamsburg and donate your 5 cent token at checkout!


Buffalo Exchange Boulder Mother House Tokens for Bags Recipient

Giving Back: Buffalo Exchange Boulder and Mother House

By Savannah Timpani, Buffalo Exchange HQ

As you may know, Buffalo Exchange is a bagless company. Instead of giving out plastic bags, through our Tokens for Bags program, we give customers the chance to donate 5 cents to a local non-profit every time they shop. A nickel may not seem like a lot, but it adds up. Since we started the program in 1994, we’ve raised over $704,200 for thousands of local charities. Every six months, we give new charities the chance to participate. This year, the Buffalo Exchange in Boulder, CO has paired with Mother House to support pregnant mothers in need.

A Safe Haven

For over 35 years, Mother House has been a sanctuary for pregnant women at risk. Since opening in 1982, this all-inclusive organization has served over 775 women and babies. Pregnant women can come to Mother House at any time during their pregnancy and can stay until their babies are 3 months old. Mother House is committed to protecting unborn children, providing a nurturing and loving home and encouraging women to build the confidence and skills necessary for a successful future.

Buffalo Exchange Boulder Mother House Babies and Moms

 

Opportunities for Mom and Baby

After a new mom’s 3 month stay, Mother House provides educational opportunities, mentoring and housing assistance.  The non-profit also offers community services to help expectant moms.  Residents work or go to school for at least 20 hours per week and pay a small amount of monthly rent. They also have curfews and chores while living at Mother House to help establish a healthy routine for mama and her future little one. Following their 3 months at the caring, homey environment of Mother House, new moms who have decided to become parents are prepared for bright futures ahead.

Buffalo Exchange Boulder Mother House Babies

 

Want to help? Visit Buffalo Exchange Boulder to take part in our Tokens for Bags program and show your support of Mother House, 5 cents at a time. For more information or to find out about other ways you can help, check out Mother-House.org.

 


Buffalo Exchange Earth Day

We Love Animals: Earth Day $1 Sale and Coats for Cubs

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Hey you! Yeah, you! Did you shop our Earth Day $1 Sale this past Saturday? Then go ahead and give yourself a huge high five! With your help, we raised $52,483 for The Humane Society of the United States in support of their efforts to encourage pet adoption. That’s more than we’ve ever raised before – and we couldn’t have done it without you! In the four months leading up to Earth Day, we also collected 1,390 furs through our Coats for Cubs Drive, which are shipping out to animal rehabilitators across the nation as we speak. If it wasn’t already obvious, we love animals.

A bit about our $1 Sale

Buffalo Exchange Earth Day

This Earth Day, forty-seven Buffalo Exchange stores nationwide offered a selection of men’s and women’s clothing for $1 apiece. Thousands of shoppers responded, gathering early Saturday morning to score deals on designer, vintage and everyday staples. Why get out of bed before 10am on a Saturday –and skip brunch, to boot? Even the non-morning people among us know that $1 items go quick.

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Buffalo Exchange Seals

Seal of Approval: Pacific Marine Mammal Center

By Christina Hebets, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Ever seen a sea lion and thought, “Dang, that is the cutest thing ever”? Yeah, us too. That’s why we feel so lucky to be sponsoring the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out plastic bags in our stores and contributing to environmental pollution, we give out charity tokens that customers can donate to one of three local non-profits.

At Buffalo Exchange Fullerton, customers have the chance to help out adorable seals and sea lions just by shopping! If you often find yourself wondering about these cute little creatures, then you’re in luck. Here are some fun facts about them from the leader in their conservation – Pacific Marine Mammal Center!

History of Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Buffalo Exchange little seal

Did you know that the sea lion conservation movement in California started with one guy on a beach? Jim Stauffer was a life guard back in 1971 when he was approached by a little girl on the beach that told him about a sick sea lion she had found. Jim ended up taking the pup to the vet and nursing it back to health at his house. After this happened a few more times, he created the Pacific Marine Mammal Center with the help of just 3 volunteers! It became the first marine mammal rehabilitation center in California.

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Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags program

Tokens for Bags® Charities Fall 2017

Every six months, we support new local charities through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out bags, we give customers the opportunity to donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to a charity of their choice. Since 1994, we have raised over $704,200 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations through our Tokens for Bags® program, saving 14 million bags from polluting the environment.

Find your local Buffalo Exchange below and check out the charities you can give back to.

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Supporting the Arts: Racheal Rios Wins Buffalo Exchange Arts Award

By Amelia Gotobed, Buffalo Exchange HQ

At Buffalo Exchange, we know that we owe our success to the communities that surround us. That’s why giving back has always been built into our business model. For the past 22 years, Buffalo Exchange has been supporting the arts in its birthplace of Southern Arizona through the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award. According to Spencer Block, art is not the cherry on top – it’s essential to the well-being of society.

Buffalo Exchange Arts Award Supporting the arts
Toothfairy, Acrylic and Pen on Paper, Racheal Rios

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Buffalo Exchange Coats For Cubs

Coats for Cubs: Give Your Fur Donations Back to the Animals

By Amelia Gotobed, Buffalo Exchange HQ

With the New Year upon us, it’s a great time to find ways to give back! Every year, Buffalo Exchange runs Coats for Cubs, a donation drive that collects real fur coats and trimmings to provide comfort for orphaned and injured wildlife. Now through April 22nd, we will be collecting real furs on behalf of wildlife rehabilitators across the country.

History of Coats for Cubs

Continuing the work of the Humane Society of the United States, Buffalo Exchange has held the Coats for Cubs fur drive annually since 2006. Over the years, we’ve collected over 12,000 fur donations to aid in animal rehabilitation and 1,170 in 2016 alone!

Coats For Cubs Fur Donation

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Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags program

Tokens for Bags® Charities Spring 2018

Every six months, we support new local charities through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out bags, we give customers the opportunity to donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to a charity of their choice. Since 1994, we have raised over $728,595 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations through our Tokens for Bags® program, saving 14.5 million bags from polluting the environment.

Find your local Buffalo Exchange below and check out the charities you can give back to.

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